Sixth Form 2021-2022 Course Information Booklet - LEARNING AT OUR HEART, AT THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY - Harlington School
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Sixth Form Course Information Booklet 2021-2022 LEARNING AT OUR HEART, AT THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY. Harlington School Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 1PB Tel: 0208 569 1610 Web: www.harlingtonschool.co.uk
PLEASE COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION FORM VIA THE VIRTUAL OPEN EVENING PORTAL ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE
Mr C. Jefferies: Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form) email@example.com tel: 02085873531 Ms G. Singh: Head of Year 13(2021-22) Mr P. Jana: Head of Year 12 (2021-22) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Ms K. Culverhouse: Sixth Form Study Manager firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 020 8587 3560
Contents INTRODUCTION The Next Chapter In Your Journey Study Facilities Careers & Guidance Volunteering/Mentoring Preparation For Higher Education Student Leadership Team Destinations 2020 Art Exhibition High Expectations /SEND Careers Fair Enriching Opportunities Course Information Curriculum Enrichment Entry Criteria COURSE INFORMATION Art & Design Biology Business Business Level 2 Extended Certificate Chemistry Cisco Networking Economics English Literature English GCSE Extended Project Qualification Film Studies French German Geography History Information Technology Mathematics Mathematics: Further Maths GCSE Media Studies Philosophy & Ethics Photography Physics Product Design Psychology Sociology Spanish Sport Science Sport Science Level 2 Extended Certificate Textiles
The Next Chapter In Your Journey At Harlington, we are extremely proud of our Sixth Form students and the vibrant contribution they make to everyday school life. Achievement is very high, with half of all A Level grades being between A* to B. This enables the majority of our students to progress to university; many of them to the most prestigious Russell Group institutions. We strongly proclaim to be amongst the most successful post-16 providers in the borough of Hillingdon; ranking near the top of the borough progress league table scores. Our Sixth Form students join us having attained a wide range of academic achievements in Year 11 from both our own KS4 and from a wide range of other schools (nearly 20% of our Year 12 cohort are derived from other institutions). We are an inclusive Sixth Form and believe in offering a fresh start for all. We firmly believe all students, whatever their starting point and whatever their histories, can progress in KS5 and aspire to high standards; though we understand some students may need to take longer to get there than others. Through fostering this approach and encouraging everyone to aim high, our students are empowered to make excellent progress during their time in the Sixth Form. Our Year 13 leavers annually achieve excellent results relative to their starting points and move on to study a wide range of courses including Medicine and Law at university. Our success has led to considerable growth over the years, which has necessitated a considerable increase in our course offer. Our A Level programme is augmented by vocational courses in Business, IT and Sport Science and Level 2 courses in Business, Sport Science and Health & Social Care. Students may also opt for a range of courses at our partner school. Our most able students are assisted in their applica- tions to the high ranking university institutions by studying for an additional Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). We presently have around 30 Students undertaking EPQ in Year 12. Our curriculum offer is further supported by a comprehensive enrichment programme that includes the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Art for Fun, Music for Fun and a Journalism group. The Sixth Form at Harlington is a purposeful and supportive place to study. We continually seek to review our provision in order to best serve the needs of a diverse school population. We feel strongly in the notion of students undergoing the full ‘Sixth Form Experience’ and we hope you will see Harlington as the right place for you. Students make good progress in the sixth form, as a result of effective teaching. The sixth form is well led.’ OFSTED 2015
Careers & Guidance Our Sixth Form students are guided and challenged to ensure they achieve. We want them to be successful and happy. To that end, students can ask for help and expert advice from our experienced on-site Career Adviser. Advice on Careers Students are encouraged to match their abilities and personal characteristics in a realistic way to their career choice. There is the opportunity to survey a wide range of options with our own Careers Adviser. Students wishing to go to work after their studies are complete, will be helped through the process of applying for a job. Those that wish to go to further or higher education will be assisted every step of the way with their college or UCAS applications. Specific guidance is provided to Level 2 students who are writing their CVs and completing application forms for college and employment. All students will also un- dertake a work experience placement at the end of Year 12. UCAS Application Students are supported with their applications and time is set aside during PSHE periods for essential preparation. Tutors are available towards the end of the summer term to help complete UCAS state- ments. An annual Careers Fair is organised by our careers adviser and local HE providers, employers and government agencies are invited into the school. A variety of information is available to help students make the correct choices. Sixth Form students can book a one to one session with our independent careers advisor Mrs T. Morris
Preparation For Higher Education We believe the majority of our students should be joining our Sixth Form with the long term aim of applying to university. University study is not for everybody and we do offer support in gaining work experience, apprenticeships and employment for those who feel further study is not for them. However, we do have an academic focus and encourage most students to aspire to, and plan for higher education from very early on in their post-16 studies. We offer: Annual visits to open days (we have recently visited Warwick , Sussex and Portsmouth en-masse); Annual group visit to the Higher Education Fair (O2 arena, London); Annual group visit to Oxford University (all science students); Annual group visit to The Skills Show (Careers Fair, Birmingham NEC); Annual visit from the Student Finance Road Show team; Introduction to Higher Education session for parents and students; Tutorial sessions focusing on aspects of the application process; Higher Education Seminar (student finance, how to choose courses, how to choose universities, how to get work experience, how to log-in to UCAS); Application and interview skills seminars for those aspiring to ‘Selective’ universities; Mock interview practice; Bespoke programmes aimed at supporting applications to Oxbridge/Medicine courses; On-line application support; Annual work experience programme for all Year 12 students (one week in March); Visiting speakers focusing on a wide range of university-related issues including; ERASMUS (European university exchange programme) personal statement writing, applications for STEM subjects etc. Access to a specialist Careers Adviser. ‘Sixth formers remark on the strength or relationships and the support they receive in gaining university places.’ OFSTED
Destinations 2020 Year 13: All University Placements Student Destination Course of Study 1 University of Roehampton Business Management & Finance 2 Kingston University Computer Science 3 University of Roehampton Business Management & Finance 4 University of Glasgow Computing Science 5 University of Aberdeen Finance and Real Estate 6 University of Worcester Media & Culture and Sociology 7 University of Exeter Business with Industrial Experience 8 Royal Holloway Business and Management 9 Manchester Metropolitan University Law 10 Brunel University London Computer Science 11 University of Essex Theatre Arts 12 Royal Holloway Criminology and Sociology 13 Brunel University London Business and Management 14 St Georges, University of London Paramedic Science 15 University of Hertfordshire Information Technology 16 Cardiff University Applied Software Engineering 17 Kingston University Mechanical Engineering 18 University of Roehampton Criminology 19 University of Reading Computer Science 20 Queen Mary University of London Mathematics 21 Kingston University International Business 22 Royal Holloway Geography 23 University of West London Airline and Airport Management 24 Royal Holloway Law 25 University of West London Fashion and Textiles 26 University of Bath Sociology 27 Manchester Metropolitan University Film and Media Studies 28 University of Portsmouth Sport and Exercise Science 29 University of West London Computer Science 30 St Mary's University, Twickenham Sport and Exercise Science
Destinations 2020 Year 13: All University Placements Student Destination Course of Study 31 Queen Mary University of London Physics 32 University of Reading Pharmacy 33 Royal Holloway Law 34 Royal Holloway Computer Science 35 University of Westminster, London Real Estate 36 University of West London Midwifery 37 London South Bank University Law 38 Royal Holloway Law with a Year in Industry 39 Brunel University London Education with Placement 40 University of West London Law 41 London South Bank University Information Technology 42 University of Reading Pharmacy 43 Brunel University London Computer Science 44 Brunel University London Computer Science 45 University of Reading Computer Science 46 Anglia Ruskin University Biomedical Science 47 University of Greenwich Business with Finance 48 University of Plymouth Medicine 49 Brunel University London Pharmacy 50 University of Greenwich Criminology & Criminal Psychology 51 Kingston University Biochemistry 52 Kingston University Biomedical Science 53 City University Criminology and Sociology 54 Royal Holloway Geology 55 Royal Holloway Law 56 University of Middlesex Medical Physiology 57 Birkbeck, University of London Philosophy 58 Royal Holloway Biology 59 Kingston University Pharmaceutical Sciences 60 Brunel University London Maths and Computing
High Expectations We set high expectations of our students. The onus is on the individual to make the most effective use of their study time in order to maximise their chances of success. During study periods, all students are expected to work quietly in order to allow for a calm and purposeful atmosphere. Year 12 students are expected to work in the Sixth Form Common Room and may ‘earn’ greater freedoms if they are deemed to be performing well in their studies. In early November, teachers will assess all students and supply progress data; those who are well on track are rewarded with a door fob that allows students to leave the site during the school day. In order to aid the transition from GCSE to post-16 study, all students must complete a set of learning tasks related to each of their courses during the summer holidays. There is a significant focus on study skills in Sixth Form assemblies during the first term. Each student has a personal tutor who will academically mentor them throughout the duration of their time in the Sixth Form. All students are expected to attend a study skills seminar in the Autumn Term. Special Educational Needs Students with special educational needs are encouraged to continue their education in the Sixth Form and they will receive advice and guidance on appropriate courses of study on application. Harlington has exceptional facilities, which cater for pupils with disabilities, including full access to all areas for wheelchairs and a physiotherapy room where students can receive their medical treatment during the school day. Students experiencing difficulties will be offered support with coursework and given guidance on study skills and examination techniques.
Enriching Opportunities As you will no doubt be aware, in the current challenging economic climate, entry into both university and the job market is extremely competitive. Therefore students need to gather rounded skills and attributes that set them apart from others in addition to their standard academic achievements. We strive to ensure all students develop their interpersonal skills and offer a wide ranging enrichment programme. Curriculum Enrichment In addition to their main courses, students are expected to follow two enrichment activities. Students may select from: EPQ, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Enterprise, Art For Fun, Music For Fun, Journalism (school newspaper), Sport and Fitness, Cooking. Volunteering Our students collectively give-back to the school and to the local community. Our sixth formers provide in -lesson support to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and always provide assistance at school events such as parents’ evenings and open evenings. We have a group of students who take part in the ‘ICT in the Community’ project where they assist local pensioners with their internet use. Through the World Wide Volunteers programme, our students have undertaken projects with a wide range of charitable organisations including Victim Support, Safe Haven, Compass Kidz, Haringey Shed, Hillingdon Hospital, Rainbow Trust, Hillingdon Play Association and DASH (Learning Disabilities Charity) Students as leaders Sixth Form students actively contribute to wider school life through leading the School Council. The Stu- dent Leadership Group comprises of the Head Boy & Girl and Deputy Head Students. Sixth Form students may also be selected to act as part of the ‘Prefect Team’. Sixth Form students take a lead on organising school events such as productions and charity-related activities. Organising Charity Events Sixth Form students take a lead role organising events such as the Fusion talent show, the school produc- tion and fundraising events for Children in Need, Comic Relief and Sports Relief. This year our student leaders have set up a food bank. Debating Sixth Form students have their own debate club which meet once per week. Our students won the first ever Hillingdon Post-16 debating competition. Recently our students excelled in our first ever entry into the MACE schools debating competition. Debating is part of the Year 13 PSHE programme. Sport & Fitness Sixth Form students have access to a wide range of fitness equipment in the gym. Students can take up a membership at a subsidised fee of just £5 for the whole year. Students have use of the on-site sports centre and GOALS. Trips Students undertake a variety of trips related to their subjects. Each year, for example some of our A level History students visit Auschwitz and the A Level Art students recently visited Paris. In recent years our stu- dents have also visited Dublin and Madrid. Closer to home students have visited the Design Museum, the Houses of Parliament, the Old Bailey, the Globe Theatre and the IMAX Cinema. Summer Ball Our Year 13 students organise a Summer Leaver’s Ball. This is always a terrific and popular event which is attended by most students and a large number of staff. In the summer term all students attend a leavers’ barbeque with their teachers.
Work Experience week A variety of Art for Fun subject-based field trips Curriculum Enrichment We seek to deliver rewarding enrichment opportuni- ties. This ranges from timetabled sessions including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Art for Fun, Music for Fun, Journalism group and Enterprise to curriculum- related trips such as annual field trips and university visits. In the Spring term all Year 12 students undertake a one week work experience placement which helps to support their progression into employment or Higher Education following their KS5 studies. Duke of Edinburgh Awards: Summer Expedition
Study Facilities Sixth Form students enjoy the luxury of a dedicated study suite. This includes IT access via a bank of PC’s and laptops. Students must show respect for others in the study room; accordingly students are expected to work quietly. Students also have access to their own refectory that serves snacks and drinks from mid- morning until early afternoon. Harlington Library offers extended opening hours and a completely refurbished interior. It offers our students a comfortable, well resourced study facility and now boasts the added luxury of a Starbucks coffee bar! Sixth Formers have access at any time and the new upgraded computer suite offers a dedicated, quiet area for Sixth Form study with Wi-Fi access. LIBRARY OPENING HOURS Monday 9.00-5.30 Tuesday 9.00-7.00 Wednesday 9.00-5.30 Thursday 9.00-5.30 Friday 9.00-5.30
Volunteering & Mentoring A dedicated team of sixth form students continue to make a huge difference to the progress of our younger students by giving some of their valuable free time to mentoring. This collaboration benefits both groups as our Sixth Formers learn additional skills and our young students receive one to one support in areas of study that they find more difficult. Prefects Year 12 students can apply to join the Prefect Team. This team of students hold responsibility around the school including supporting staff with break/lunch duties, organ- ising and overseeing charity events and helping to run our School Council. In Year 13 students can apply to join the Student leader- ship Team. This comprises of the Head Girl, Head Boy and a team of deputies. The Student leadership Team repre- sent the voice of the students in all years of the school and meet on a regular basis with the Headteacher.
Student Leadership Team 2020 HEAD STUDENTS Head Boy Head Girl Hassan Chaudhry Nabiha Nazar DEPUTY HEAD STUDENTS Deputy Head Boy Deputy Head Girl Sri Palanisamy Faiza Razak
A Level Art Exhibition Following our successful Art Exhibition this year, our students’ imaginative pieces were displayed at the Southlands Gallery in London.
Sixth Form Careers Fair 2020 “The event was well organised and it was good to see students from across the year groups involved.” Peter Sale, Hillingdon Training ‘The Careers Fair has helped point me in the right direc- tion and helped me find out what I need to achieve to get there’ Year 12 student Our Careers Officer, organised a successful Careers Fair in February this year. Exhibitors included, Uxbridge, Capel Manor, East Berkshire and West Thames Colleges, Brunel, West London, and Bucks Universities. Training providers offering apprentice- ships were MIT, Hillingdon Training, JGA Group, and HIT. The Metropolitan Police, Ambulance Service and Fire Services together with The Challenge, ‘It’s really good that all the colleges and training providers are here to give us the information and Adult Education, Sports Football and Harlington help us make the right choices’ Youth Centre provided a wealth of information for Year 12 student our Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form students.
Course Information You will have the opportunity to speak to the subject teachers on Open Evening and are encouraged to study the information on the individual subject pages that follow. If you have any further questions regarding the subjects on offer, please contact the teacher listed. ENTRY CRITERIA Though we offer a fresh start for all learners, we feel it is vitally important for students to be placed onto courses in which they will achieve success. Some schools cynically allow students onto post-16 courses with very low entry criteria. We believe this is done in order to generate more funding for the school and with a disregard for the best intentions of the students. We refuse to do this at Harlington, believing that it is better for a student to study courses we know they will do well at given the results they have already achieved. Some courses are much more challenging than others and therefore a variety of entry criteria for courses exist. In general students must aim for 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (including good grades in English Language and Mathematics) in order to qualify for Level 3 study. However, some cours- es require grades that are higher than this. HOW TO APPLY FOR HARLINGTON SIXTH FORM We ask prospective students to complete an on-line application form. Application forms are on the web- site. If you are unable to complete an on-line application you can collect a paper copy of the form from school. Please complete and return paper forms to Ms K Culverhouse, Sixth Form Study Manager, Harlington School, Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, UB3 1PB by FRIDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2020 PLEASE NOTE: Courses listed in this prospectus are dependent on enrolment numbers. Should courses look to have low numbers we will do all we can to ensure students are given forewarning that such courses may not end up running as planned.
Course Criteria 2021-22 Entry Qualifi- Course Level Subject specific criteria cation Art A level 3 4 in English and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Art) Biology A level 3 6 in both English & Maths and 4 other subjects at 6 or above (to include 6,6 in sciences) Extended Business 2 4 subjects at grade 3 or above Certificate Nat Extended Business 3 4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above Certificate Chemistry A Level 3 6 in both English & Maths and 4 other subjects at 6 grade (to include 6,6 in sciences) Economics A Level 3 5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above English Language GCSE Retake 2 3 or below in GCSE English Language English Lit A Level 3 6 in English Language & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above Film Studies A Level 3 4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above French A Level 3 5 in English & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 7 in French) German A Level 3 5 in English & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 7 in German) Geography A Level 3 5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Geography) Health & Social Ext Certifi- 2 4 subjects at grade 3 or above Care cate History A Level 3 5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in History) Cambridge IT 3 4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above Technical Maths A Level 3 7 in Maths & 5 in English and 3 other subjects at 6 or above* Maths: Further A Level 3 8 in Maths & 5 in English and 3 other subjects at 6 or above** Maths GCSE Retake 2 3 in GCSE Maths Key Function- Maths 1 2 or 1 in GCSE Maths al Skills Media Studies A Level 3 4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above Photography A Level 3 4 in English and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Art or Photography) Philosophy A Level 3 5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in RE) Physics A Level 3 6 in both English & Maths and 4 other subjects at 6 or above (to include 6,6 in sciences) Psychology A Level 3 5 in English & 6 in Maths and a 6 in a science subject (preferably Biology, but not essential) Product Design A Level 3 4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 5 in a DT subject) Sociology A Level 3 5 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above Spanish A Level 3 5 in English & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 7 in Spanish) Nat Ext Cer- Sport 3 4 in both English & Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above tificate Extended Sport 2 4 subjects at grade 3 or above Certificate Textiles A Level 3 5 in English & 4 in Maths and 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Art or Textiles) Extended Project EPQ AS 3 5 in English & Maths and 2 other subjects at 6 or above CISCO IT Essentials n.a. Must be studying Level 3 qualifications *must also pass an algebra test in September **must also be studying regular A level Mathematics
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A Level in Art, Craft & Design Exam Board: AQA Method of Assessment: Coursework unit and externally set exam (15 hours ) Entry requirements: 4 in English & 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Art, Photography or Textiles) This is a broad-based course exploring practical, critical and contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media. Art, craft and design gives you the skills and knowledge to create personal and imaginative work. You can choose to focus on a specialist area of study from a variety of exciting processes and media to suit your individual interests and abilities. If you have an adventurous, creative and enquiring mind and are excited by shaping and determining the visual world around us, there is a career opportunity waiting for you. Course Content A-level Art, Craft and Design is a practical courses in which you learn by doing, so you will be able to create imaginative personal work. You will find out about a whole range of media, techniques and processes. You will develop your creativity and independent thought, learn to express yourself visually and let your imagination flourish. Art, craft and design is a great companion to all other subjects as creativity, imagination and problem solving skills can give you great ideas for your other subjects. Much of the work is of a personal nature and requires students to think and act independently both in school and at home. During the course, students are expected to visit galleries as well as attending other Art Department trips. A Level Assessment Component 1 : Personal Investigation - you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A-level marks. Set and marked in school moderated by AQA visit Component 2 : Externally set assignment - you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points which will count for 40% of your total A-level marks Preparatory period plus 15 hours supervised time. Set by AQA, marked in school, moderated by AQA visit Career Pathways: Possible Degree options—Architecture • Art conservation • Art history • Art therapy • Fashion design • Film/video production • Fine art • Graphic design • Illustration • Interior design • Jewellery design • Photography • Product design • Textile design • Theatre design • Three-dimensional design • Web design Possible career options—Studying an art, craft and design related degree at university can give you all sorts of exciting career options, including • Animator • Architect • Art therapist • Art restoration • Cartoonist • Computer game designer • Community arts worker • Exhibition designer • Fashion designer • Film/video maker • Fine artist • Furniture designer • Graphic designer • Illustrator • Interior designer • Jeweller • Museum/gallery conservator • Medical illustrator • Printmaker • Product designer • Teacher • Theatre designer Contact Teachers: Mr M Rees, Miss S Williams
A Level in Biology Exam Board: AQA Method of Assessment: Terminal written exam papers Entry requirements: 6 in English and Maths & 4 other subjects at 6 or above (to include 6,6 in Science subjects at GCSE) Course Content: Year 1 Unit 1: Biological molecules Unit 2: Cells Unit 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment Unit4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Year 2 Unit 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms Unit 6: Organisms response to changes in their internal and external environments Unit 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems Unit 8: The control of gene expression A Level Biology: Biology A level is a linear assessment, with all exams at the end of the course. There are three examina- tion papers which will test your knowledge, understanding and application of the above topics. There will also be 12 required practical tasks which will be assessed in the three written exam papers. 15% of the A-level marks will be for practical knowledge and understanding. Career Pathways: Biology is a useful subject for anyone intending to pursue a career in any branch of medicine or veterinary science or in many areas of biologi- cal or biochemistry research. It is also a good choice for the non-scientist and combines well with Geography and Psychology Contact Teachers: Mrs Tailor
BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business Exam Board: Edexcel Method of Assessment: written examination and externally set assignments. Entry requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above (or BTEC Level 2 at Merit or above). Course Content: The aim of this programme is to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment or higher education. Additionally, this qualification engages learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills in- clude: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; pre- senting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. COURSE CONTENT Year 12 • Exploring Business • Personal and Business Finance Year 13 • Developing a Marketing Campaign • Recruitment and Selection in business ASSESSMENT 58% External assessment and 42% Internal assessment Career Pathway: This course provides a progression to higher education degree programmes or into the world of employment Contact Teachers: Ms Jana
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business Exam Board: Edexcel Method of Assessment: Two External Exams, Ten Written Assignments, Presentations and Role plays Entry requirements: 4 subjects at grade 3 or above Course Content: The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, this qualification engages learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. COURSE CONTENT Year 12 Enterprise in the business world Finance for business (External exam) Principles of marketing (External exam) Promoting a Brand Principles of customer service Sales and personal selling Providing business support Recruitment, selection and employment Using business documentation Introducing law and consumer rights Financial planning and forecasting Visual merchandising in retail business ASSESSMENT 17% External assessment and 83% internal assessment Career Pathway: BTEC Level 2 qualification leads onto BTEC level 3 or AS levels (if students gain overall Merit). Alternative- ly students will be able to access customer service or administrative jobs at a junior level. Contact Teachers: Ms Jana
A Level in Chemistry Exam Board: AQA Method of Assessment: Examination Entry requirements: 6 in both English and Maths & 4 other subjects at 6 grade (to include 6,6 in science subjects at GCSE) Course Content: Chemistry A level is a linear assessment, with all exams at the end of the course. There are three examination papers which will test your knowledge, understanding and application of the topics be- low. There will also be 12 required practicals which will be assessed in the three written exam papers. 15% of the A-level marks Year 1 Year 2 Atomic structure Thermodynamics Amount of substance Rate equations Bonding Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems Physical Energetics Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells chemistry Kinetics Acids and bases Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's principle Oxidation, reduction and redox equations Periodicity Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides Inorganic Group 2, the alkaline earth metals Transition metals Chemistry Group 7, the halogens Reactions of ions in aqueous solution Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides Introduction to organic chemistry Optical isomerism Alkanes Aldehydes and ketones Halogenoalkanes Carboxylic acids and derivatives Alkenes Aromatic chemistry Organic Alcohols Amines chemistry Organic analysis Polymers Amino acids, proteins and DNA Organic synthesis Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy Chromatography Course Overview: Chemistry is the subject of elements and of the compounds they form. It is a subject that leads you to where your imagination can take you. Mathematics is very much involved in chemistry, mainly algebra. It is a challenging but interesting subject and it is brilliant when you can really get to grips with a problem, e.g. preparing a sub- stance and then carrying out tests to confirm that it is the substance that you have made. Some, or I’d rather say, most of the substances that have been formed by chemists have been formed by luck or by mistake e.g. ammonia gas. Chemistry is essential to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy. It is advisable for any other para-medical or biological degree course as well as some engineering courses. The skills learned in chemistry are also highly valued in the study of Law/ Accountancy/Science/Information Tech- nology. Contact Teachers: Ms Phalora
IT Essentials in PC Hardware and Software Exam Board: Cisco Networking Academy Method of Assessment: Chapter Examinations and Practical assess- ments Entry requirements: Must be studying Level 3 qualifications The Cisco Networking Academy® IT Essentials curriculum provides an introduction to the technical skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level ICT professionals. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of com- puter hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an ICT professional. The curriculum offers the following benefits: • Students develop working knowledge of how computers operate, how to assemble computers, and how to trou- bleshoot hardware and software issues. • Hands-on labs and the Virtual Laptop and Virtual Desktop learning tools help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. The course emphasizes the practical application of skills and procedures needed for hardware and software installations, upgrades, and troubleshooting. • Cisco® Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities promote the exploration of networking and network security concepts, while allowing students to experiment with network behaviour. • Online assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills. • The course helps students develop the career skills needed to successful communicate within an ICT business environment and interact with customers Course Content: • Building a computer and installation of the motherboard, floppy and hard drives, CD-ROM, and video cards. • Installing and managing Windows operating systems. • Adding peripherals and multimedia capabilities. • Implementing and using a local-area network architecture, networking protocols, and TCP/IP utilities. • Maintaining and troubleshooting PC hardware and software. Industry Recognised Certification: IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop fundamental computer skills, along with essential career skills. The curriculum helps students prepare for entry-level ICT career opportunities and the CompTIA A+ certification, which helps students differentiate themselves in the marketplace to advance their careers. In addition, ITE pro- vides a learning pathway to the Cisco CCNA® curricula. After becoming certified, students will be qualified to work as computer support professionals and technicians in a variety of work environments and industries. Student Perspective: “The course is interesting and fairly easy for those who take a keen interest in ICT, but even if you are a beginner you can learn the information with the online materials! I'd recommend the course to anyone who takes an inter- est in ICT. It helps if you are open to new computing technologies and ideas as you study computing in depth on this course. I would like to become a Network Engineer by taking Cisco to the next level at University.” Contact Teachers: Mr MBuru or Mr Hasham
A Level in Economics Exam Board: Edexcel Method of Assessment: 3 written examinations at the end of Year 13 Entry requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above Course Overview: The study of Economics is concerned with the allocation of scarce resources and the decisions which then have to be made by individuals, businesses and governments when allocating these resources. It looks at the trade-offs involved in making these decisions and tools that can be used to help in the decision making process. The course is spilt into two distinct categories – the focus on the microeco- nomic factors and the focus on the macroeconomic factors. As part of the final assessment students will be required to demonstrate quantitative as well as quali- tative skills. Therefore it is vital that students have a strong basis in Maths and English. Students will be assessed at the end of year 13 through three exams which will assess the content covered over the two years. Career Pathways: Economics keeps you career options open. The skills developed are much valued by employers and Economics is useful in a sur- prisingly wide variety of careers. Economics A Level students have gone to university to read a wide range of courses ranging from Economics, Management to Engineering. Contact Teachers: Ms Jana
A Level in English Literature Exam Board: OCR Method of Assessment: Internal exams at the end of Year 12. A level exams at the end of Year 13 as well as 2 pieces of coursework. Entry requirements: 6 in English Language and 4 in Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above. Course Overview: Welcome to A Level English Literature. This is a successful subject at A Level and we are all committed to taking you from your GCSE studies and equipping you for university study in this or other subjects. This course will deepen your knowledge of literature and support the development of your writing skills. You will be introduced to more challenging texts and will be expected to research topics which are of interest to you on the course. A Level English Literature is a highly regarded subject and complements a range of other subjects, including Histo- ry, Philosophy and Ethics, Media and Psychology as well as the sciences. This is a great course for those wishing to pursue careers in a wide range of professions, including journalism, business, media, teaching, law and writing. We sincerely hope you enjoy your time with us, and that we can help you to achieve your goals. Course Structure Year 12 Year 13 Component 1: Shakespeare Component 1: Drama and Poetry pre-1900 The Tempest The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster & Selected poems of Christina Rossetti Component 1: Poetry pre-1900 Component 1: Shakespeare (proposition and extract analysis) Selected poetry of Christina Rossetti The Tempest Component 2 Prose post-1900 Component 2: Comparative Contextual Study- American Literature The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald & The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Component 2: Drama post-1900 Component 3: Literature post-1900 Coursework Linked Text The History Boys by Alan Bennett The History Boys by Alan Bennett & Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller Component 3: Literature Post-1900 Coursework close reading/recreative The World’s Wide by Carol Ann Duffy Contact Teachers: Mr Farrell
GCSE in English Language Exam Board: AQA Method of Assessment: 2 exams at the end of the year, each of 1 hour and 45 minutes. Entry requirements: Grade 3 or below in English Language. Students with Grade 4 will be permitted to retake if space permits. Students aged 16 to 19 who wish to continue into further education must have a grade 4 or above in either GCSE English Literature or GCSE English Language. Many universities will be look- ing for a grade 5 GCSE in English Language. In order to secure funding for their further education course, students with a grade 3 or below must continue to study GCSE English Language. Course Assessment: PAPER 1 Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50% of the GCSE assessed by External Examination) PAPER 2 Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50% of the GCSE assessed by External Examination) SPOKEN LANGUAGE Students will be assessed for their ability to make a presentation, participate in an informed discussion and argue a point of view. Contact Teacher: Ms Hellier
AS Level Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Exam Board: AQA Method of Assessment: Completely coursework based. There is no exam. A report of about 5000 words plus your completed Log are sent off for moderation. Worth the same UCAS points as any AS’ Level. Entry Requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 2 other subjects at 6 or above The Project : 80 hours of independent study This new and exciting course is unlike any other A’ level; as it has no set content Each student has the opportunity to decide their own topic of study and their own research question. You will be assigned a tutor who will help you carry out your research and put together your own report. You will complete a log charting your progress and give a presentation of your findings. The Taught Element : 30 hours of guided study. You will be taught all the skills and techniques you need to form a good research question, carry out the research and produce an outstanding report. (2 periods a week) Progression Pathway: This course prepares you like no other for university. It is highly valued by the Top Russell Group Uni- versities. It will allow you to demonstrate independent working, analytical ability and the construction of a complex argument based on your own research. It can significantly enhance your personal state- Contact Teachers: Ms Singh or Mr Whitten
A Level in Film Studies Exam Board: Eduqas Method of Assessment: 70% exam, 30% coursework Entry requirements: 4 in English and 4 in Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above Course Content: Students will gain a deeper understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. Film was the major art form of the twentieth century and it is a cultural form that is still of great significance at the be- Career Pathways: Film Studies offers valuable transferable academic skills which can be used to gain access to a wide range of other subject courses at degree level. Possible careers pathways are, extremely flexible. Contrary certain views film dies has been an extremely successful way for our students to gain ac- cess into excellent universities. Our high grades rewards students with sufficient UCAS points to en- ter almost any discipline. Contact Teachers: Mr Mann
A Level in French Exam Board: AQA Method of Assessment: Examination Entry requirements: 5 in English and 4 in Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in French) Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing Assessment: Externally examined written paper AS Level: 1 hour 45 mins. Weighting: 45% A Level: 2 hours 30 mins. Weighting 50% Unit 2 : Writing Assessment: Translation & critical essay AS Level: One essay on chosen film or text; English to French translation. 1 hour 15 mins. Weighting: 25% A Level: Two essays on chosen film and text. English to French translation. 2 hours. Weighting 20% Unit 3: Speaking (topic discussion & question re- sponse) Assessment: Discussion, presentation COURSE CONTENT Social Issues & Current trends: The changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture: fashion & trends, music, television. Immigration, Integration & Racism. Artistic culture: Festivals & traditions, art & architecture, cultural life in Paris—past & present. French & the European Union, and Politics & Youth. Grammar: Pupils are expected to show understanding of a variety of grammar. Individual Research Project: Pupils choose a question on a topic of interest to them and which re- lates to a country or countries where German is spoken. Career Pathways: A students perspective: In the world of work, speaking a second language brings very This course provides a lively, stimulating and challenging marketable assets. At University it is possible to combine continuation from GCSE. The course demands cultural, French with almost any other discipline. social and grammatical awareness as you will explore a wide variety of themes relating to contemporary France. society, the world over! You will also get the opportunity What to buy to visit Germany. A small book of French Verb tables A Higher level GCSE , or A level revision guide with CD for Lis- tening practice. It is important to listen to some French too. long summer holiday! Contact Teachers: Mr Mortiboys
A Level in German Exam Board: AQA Method of Assessment: Examination Entry requirements: 5 in English and 4 in Maths & 3 other subjects at Grade 4 or above (to include 6 in German) Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing Assessment: Externally examined written paper AS Level: 1 hour 45 mins. Weighting: 45% A Level: 2 hours 30 mins. Weighting 50% Unit 2 : Writing Assessment: Translation & critical essay AS Level: One essay on chosen film or text; English to German translation. 1 hour 15 mins. Weighting: 25% A Level: Two essays on chosen film and text. English to German translation. 2 hours. Weighting 20% Unit 3: Speaking (topic discussion & question re- sponse) Assessment: Discussion, presentation COURSE CONTENT Social Issues & Current trends: The changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture: fashion & trends, music, television). Immigration, Integration & Racism. Artistic culture: Festivals & traditions, art & architecture, cultural life in Berlin—past & present. Germany & the European Union, Politics & Youth, German RE-unification & its consequences. Grammar: Pupils are expected to use show understanding of a variety of grammatical structures and systems (see AQA draft specification for more details). Individual Research Project: Pupils choose a question on a topic of interest to them and which re- Career Pathways: A students perspective: In the world of work a second language and the skills it de- This course provides a lively, stimulating and challenging mands are very marketable assets. At University it is possible continuation from GCSE. The course demands cultural, to combine German with almost any other discipline from social and grammatical awareness as you will explore a Chemistry to Law to Business, Media and Medicine. wide variety of themes relating to contemporary German society, the world over! You will also get the opportunity to visit Germany. Zu kaufen! What to buy A small book of German Verb tables A Higher level GCSE , or A level revision guide with CD for Lis- tening practice. It is important to listen to some German in the WENN SIE FRAGEN HABEN... long summer holiday! Contact Teachers: Mr Mortiboys
A Level in Geography Exam Board: AQA Method of Assessment: This is a two year course that will be assessed at the end of the second year by two written examinations and a 3000-4000 word fieldwork investigation. Entry requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in Geography) Unit 1: Physical geography Section A: Water and carbon cycles Section B: Coastal systems and landscapes Section C: Hazards Unit 1 exam: Written examination: 2 hour and 30 minutes, 40% of the qualification. The examination may include multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked questions. Unit 2: Human Geography Section A: Global systems and global governance Section B: Changing places Section C: Population and the environment Unit 2 exam: Written examination: 2 hour and 30 minutes, 40% of the qualification. The examination may include multiple-choice questions, short open, open response, calculations and resource-linked questions and extended writing questions. Unit 3: Geography Fieldwork investigation Students must complete a minimum of four days of field- work. Fieldwork must be carried out in relation to physical and human geography. Students complete an individual in- vestigation which must include data collected in the field. The individual investigation must be based on a question or issue defined and developed by the student relating to any part of the specification content. How it is assessed: 3,000–4,000 words 20% of A Level Career Pathways: Students of Geography are well prepared for the world outside. The subject contains many key skills which are relevant to almost any career or degree course. There are a huge variety of career paths that Geography relates to– please speak to the contact teachers! Contact Teachers: Dr Afolabi
A Level in History Exam Board: Edexcel Method of Assessment: Examination Entry requirements: 5 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above (to include 6 in History) Unit 1: In search of the American dream: The USA 1917-96. Students will learn about the dramatic political, economic and social Transformation of the USA in the twentieth century, an era that saw the USA challenged by the consequences of political, economic and social Inequalities at home and of its involvement in International conflict Unit 2: South Africa, 1948-94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation.’ Students will learn about the transition from White minority rule to free Elections in 1994. We will look at the creation of the apartheid regime and the methods used to overthrow apartheid. Unit 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509 We will look at the dramatic developments in late medieval England that centred around the personalities and skills of a series of Kings, Queens and powerful subjects during the fight for the throne of England Unit 4: Historical Enquiry: 20th Century International Rela- tions, 1879-1980. You will complete an assignment in which you are to analyse and evaluate different interpretations. Maximum: 4,000 words Additional Skills: With A level History, you will learn critical thinking skills, excellent writing skills and public speaking skills that translate well into the world of work. Because the skills gained by History A- level are so wide-ranging, the skills you gain are required by almost eve- ry type of employer. If you continue by going for a Bachelor's degree in History you have the opportunity to have a career as a research assistant or a management trainee. Your career opportunities will widen dramati- cally if you also have a Master's degree or doctorate in History. Furthermore, It's rare to be able to walk straight into a history-related occupation upon graduating. Such careers need to be planned for, as they usually need some extra study or training. However, history graduates gain so many transferable skills that employers in business, government and education are often keen to recruit you. Such skills include research, communication and statistical methods. Your employability will be enhanced if you undertake work experience and relevant post-graduate qualifications. Contact Teachers: Mr Daoudi
Cambridge Technical Level 3 in IT Exam Board: OCT Method of Assessment: There is one internally assessed unit which is marked and submitted to the exam board for moderation. Externally Examined units: these are the Mandatory units are examined in the January and June. Stu- dents are allowed one resit. Results are published in the March and August. Entry requirements: 4 in English and Maths & 3 other subjects at 4 or above Overview: This is an industry approved course with a high focus on cyber-security. The OCT Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT are an Award that offer two routes. The Applied Gen- eral Award designed for those wishing to attend Universi- ty and the Technicals Level Award which are designed for those considering employment. Both awards follow the same course in the first year with two Mandatory units, and both externally examined. This accounts for 180 Guided Learning Hours. In the second year students can either follow the Applied or Technical pathways and there are five pathways. The main difference is that the Applied Award has one Mandatory Unit in the second year and is externally assessed whereas the Technical pathways have a Mandatory Unit which is internally assessed. Both awards have two further units which are also internally assessed. Career Pathways: • Data Analyst • Information Systems Manager • Computer Scientist • IT Consultant • Systems Analyst • Software Design • Network Engineer • Network Analyst • Web Content Manager • Cyber security analyst/ investigator Contact Teacher: Mr McGovern
A Level in Mathematics Exam Board: Edexcel Method of Assessment: The Further Math's A Level course consists of two Core Pure Mathematics modules, and onemodule on statistics and one module on mechanics. This specification has been de- signed for students who have a high ability in or are motivated by Mathematics. Entry requirements: 7 in Maths and 5 in English & 3 other subjects at 6 or above. Must be studying A Level Maths. Course Content: This course is designed to develop and extend your mathematical knowledge and skills. These include the skill of working with mathematical information, as well as the ability to think logically and independently, consider accuracy, model situations mathematically, analyse results and reflect on findings. The core pure aspect of the course includes topics such as; Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Complex numbers, Matrices, Proof, Hyperbolic functions, Polar coordinates, Differential equations. This is a taught course which requires a lot commitment and dedication through self-study. The students are taught con- tent which supports and builds upon the Mathematic A level content. Student Perspective: Students who take Further Mathematics find that the additional time spent studying mathematics boosts their marks in the single A level Mathematics. For someone who en- joys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. Career Pathways: This course is particularly appropriate for those students who expect mathematics to feature significant- ly in their higher education. Contact Teachers: Mr Fish or Mr Neta
A Level in Further Mathematics Exam Board: Edexcel There are many good reasons for you to take Further Mathematics: • Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. • For someone who enjoys mathematics it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. • It enables you to distinguish yourself as an able mathematician in the university and employment • market. • It will make the transition to a mathematics-related university course easier. Method of Assessment: A level: three papers at the end of second year of study, 2 x 2 hour core pure papers and 1 x 1 hour applied (both Statistics and Mechanics assessed in one paper), all calculator. Entry requirements: Grade 8 in GCSE Maths and 5 in GCSE English & 3 other subjects at 6 or above (students are also required to pass a baseline test ) Course Content: Further Mathematics is for students who have a proven mathematical ability. They will possess mathematical flair, passion and love for the subject. Many students will go on to read Mathematics at University or follow a course that has significant mathematical content . You will be provided with skills such as: how to construct mathematical proofs; interpret problems and communicate correctly using correct mathematical grammar, notation and symbols. New topics include: complex numbers and matrices in Core Pure Maths. Student Perspective: If you are especially keen on Mathematics you will really enjoy the full A-level in Further Mathematics. It is a challenging qualification, but students who do it usually find it is their favourite subject. Further Mathematics qualifications are prestigious and are strongly welcomed by universities. Students that do Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any maths-related degree. Career Pathways: Actuarial Science; Insurance; Pension Annuities, Banking & Commerce, and for many branches of Engi- neering it is desirable to have a Further Mathematics qualification. Contact Teachers: Mr Neta
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